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THE AUTO INDUSTRY AND CONFLICT MINERALS:

Driving Supply Chain Responsibility

 WHAT ARE

“CONFLICT

 MINERALS?”

DEFINITION

The minerals TIN, TANTALUM, TUNGSTEN and GOLD (also referred to as “3TG”) are considered “conflict minerals” because they are often mined in conditions of armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries.

WARLORDS
BENEFIT

Conflict minerals provide a major source of funding for warlords in the DRC region, fueling the violence that has plagued the region for decades.

PEOPLE SUFFER

These armed groups use violence to intimidate local populations and maintain control of mines, where workers endure extreme conditions with little or no pay. The atrocities in the region have created a massive humanitarian crisis and a death toll of 5.5 million that grows by the day.

Conflict Minerals Mined
DRC region in Africa
Warlords
3TG
3TG

HOW CONFLICT

MINERALS AFFECT US

EVERYDAY USES

Conflict minerals are used in a wide range of products including mobile phones, computers, jewelry and vehicles.

That’s why automakers (also referred to as Original Equipment Manufacturers or OEMs) and their supply chain partners work together to make sure global vehicle production doesn’t support warlords or further the conflict in the DRC.

TANTALUM:

Audio equipment, climate control, sensors, wiper system, seatbelts and fuel pump to name only a few.

TIN:

Fuel tank, sealants, wiring, radiator, even the seat cushions.

GOLD:

On board electronics and fuel cells.

TUNGSTEN:

Circuits, gear teeth and bearing components.

Auto Industry
3TG
3TG
3TG
3TG
3TG

A TIMELINE OF

INDUSTRY ACTION

Auto Industry
Forms AIAG
MAY 1982
Congress Passes
Law on 3TG
JULY 2010
AIAG Starts
Collaborating on
Industry Solutions
AUGUST 2010
AIAG and OEMs
Issue Call to Action
APRIL 2011
SEC Issues Final
3TG Reporting
Requirements
AUGUST 2012
AIAG Endorses
Reporting Tools
AUGUST 2012
Conflict Minerals
Reporting to SEC Began
MAY 31, 2015

OEMs and suppliers form the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), whose 1000+ member companies today collaborate to resolve global issues in the automotive supply chain.

3TG
3TG

THE TIME TO

ENGAGE IS NOW

SHARED
RESPONSIBILITY

No one company in the global supply chain bears the responsibility alone. OEMs and suppliers in numerous industries—

automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, electronics and more—

must work together to efficiently address the conflict minerals challenge.

TOGETHER
WE CAN

  • Educate and engage our industry peers and stakeholders
  • Create common tools and solutions
  • Reduce the cost and complexity of reporting

AIAG
Steering Wheel
Shocks/Struts
Car Seats
Brakes
Gears
Battery
Engine Parts
Automotive
3TG
3TG

3TG